Penny Mordaunt’s quiet life in Portsmouth where average home fetches £290,000

Penny Mordaunt acting as sword bearer

Penny Mordaunt, 50, caught the public’s attention earlier this month after she appeared in King Charles III’s coronation.

The Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Privy Council became the first woman to carry the sword of the state during the procession at Westminster Abbey.

The sword is now on display for visitors to the Tower of London in the Jewel House.

Mordaunt was born in Torquay, Devon and is the daughter of a former paratrooper and a special needs teacher.

Despite being born in Devon, the MP is a Portsmouth local with her father, John Mordaunt, having been born at the Hilsea Barracks.

He served in the Parachute Regiment before retraining as a teacher and later becoming a youth worker for Hampshire County Council.

The Tory MP has two brothers – her twin James and a younger brother Edward.

She was educated at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville, Hampshire and also studied drama at the Victoryland Theatre School in Southsea.

Mordaunt was the first person in her family to go to university where she studied Philosophy at the University of Reading.

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To support her education, she worked at a Johnson & Johnson factory and then became a magician’s assistant to Will Ayling who was a past president of the Portsmouth and District Magic Circle and of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

It’s not clear exactly where the Tory MP lives in Portsmouth but she has lived there all her life.

House prices in the area are relatively affordable with homes in Portsmouth having an overall average price of £290,947 over the last year, according to Rightmove, the UK’s largest property portal.

The majority of sales in Portsmouth during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £296,094.

Flats sold for an average of £194,650 and semi-detached properties sold for an average of £406,939.

Sold prices in Portsmouth over the last year increased by eight percent compared to the previous year.

Overall, sold prices were also 14 percent up compared to the 2020 peak of £255,888.

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